Our Team

Joe Tai, Ph.D.

Dr. Tai focuses his practice on patent procurement, strategy, counseling, and litigation for U.S. and international companies.

Dr. Tai is admitted to practice law in California and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.  Dr. Tai is fluent in English and native in Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.

Dr. Tai sits on the Board of Directors for the Chinese Institute of Engineers (CIE/USA-SF) and is the Vice President of Chinese American Renewable Energy Society (CARES).  Dr. Tai is also the Founder and President of Tainnovation LLC. He is the co-Founder and President of Tai & Tseng Investments LLC, Dingware Inc., and VP of Business Development of Veloctron LLC (Nano/Micro Structured Biomaterial Company).

Dr. Tai received his Juris Doctorate from the School of Law of Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California, U.S.  He received his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Davis in Davis, California, U.S.  He received his M.S. in Inorganic and Material Chemistry and his B.S. in Chemistry from Catholic Fu-Jen University in Taipei Taiwan.

PRACTICE AREAS

Clean Technology, Green Technology, Medical Devices, Biotechnology, Nano-Technology, Pharmaceutical, Chemistry, Material Science, Catalysis, Supercritical Fluid Technology, Clean Fuel and Energy, MEMS, Semi-Conductor Devices, Liquid Crystal Materials, Electronic Devices, Consumer Products, Home Appliance, and Toys.

HONORS

“2014 Northern California Rising Stars,” Super Lawyers

“2013 Northern California Rising Stars,” Super Lawyers

“2012 Northern California Rising Stars,” Super Lawyers

Invention Gold Medals, 2011 INPEX invention show, Pittsburgh, U.S.

Invention Gold Medals, 2014 INPEX invention show, Pittsburgh, U.S.

MEDIA APPEARANCES

“Entrepreneurship and New Invention,”  World Journal, November 30, 2012

“Apple v. Samsung Patent Case and Intellectual Property Protections ,” Live Radio Show, Sing Tao Radio Station, August 31, 2012

“Intellectual Property Protections and Product Innovation Are Equally Important,” (Apple v. Samsung Patent Case), World Journal, August 27, 2012

Invention Hunter, TV show, Food Network, May 2012

“Proview Sues Apple in US Over iPad Trademark,” World Journal (Newspaper and Online News),  February 25, 2012

“Linsanity” and “iPad” Trademark Issues, World Journal (Newspaper, Online News &  Radio News at Noon),  February 24, 2012

“Meeting with Success,” radio show Interview, Sound of Hope Radio Network, February 14, 2012

“Small Invention Turns Into A Big Purchase Order,” Cover Page of Bay Area News, World Journal (Newspaper & Online News),  February 11, 2012

“Creating Brand in the U.S.,” FJU Press Release,  February 10, 2012

“Entrepreneurship,” Talk Tonight (TV Live Interview), KTSF Channel 26, 2011

“Chemist, Lawyer, and Inventor- Dr. Tai talks about innovation,” Monte Jade Journal vol. 249 (Interview), August 2010

LECTURES & PRESENTATIONS

“Entrepreneurship, Product Creation, and Intellectual Property Protection,” November 30, 2012

“Venture Capital- Seed Stage Funding Seminar,” TJCCNA at Stanford University, November 28, 2012

“From an Idea to a Product,” Taiwanese Junior Chamber of Commerce of North America (TJCCNA), San Jose, July 2011

“Patent Portfolio Creation, Management and Monetization,” Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, June 2011

“What Every Attorney Should Know About Patent Infringement,” Taipei Bar Association, Taipei, Taiwan, June 2011

“Patent Strategy and Patent Portfolio Management,” The Development Center for Biotechnology (DCB), Taipei, Taiwan, June 2011

“Introduction to Intellectual Property,” MBA Program of Global Entrepreneurial Management and Business Administration, Fu-Jen University, Taipei, Taiwan, June 2011

“U.S. Patent Law and Biotechnology,” Guest Lecture, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, June 2011

“U.S. Patent Law and Legal Practice,” Guest Speaker, Institute of Technology Law, National Chiao Tung University, HsinChu, Taiwan, June 2011

“U.S. Patent Law,” Guest Lecture, Graduate Institute of Patent, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan, June 2011

Conference Chair: 32st Annual Conference of Chinese Institute of Engineers/ USA-SF Chapter 2011

“Entrepreneurship and Business Creation,” 32st Annual Conference of Chinese Institute of Engineers/ USA-SF Chapter 2011

“Software and Patents,” Expert Lecturer for Delegates of JiangSu Province, China 2010

“Patent Litigation and Prosecution,” Expert Lecturer for Delegates of Deans of Colleges of Engineers, China 2010

“Young TAITA Entrepreneurship 101: Creating Your Intellectual Assets- Patents and Inventions Workshop” Taiwanese American Industrial Technology Association, San Jose, CA, U.S. 2010

“Flash of Genius: How to Invent and What to Include in a Patent Application,” 31st Annual Conference of Chinese Institute of Engineers/ USA-SF Chapter 2010.

Session Moderator for Law and Business Perspective Track, 31st Annual Conference of Chinese Institute of Engineers/ USA-SF Chapter 2010.

Moderator for Spring Clean Tech Seminar, 2010, Chinese American Renewable Energy Society.

“Patentability of Renewable Energies & Green Technologies”: Patents in U.S., China, and Taiwan,” Chinese American Renewable Energy Society 2009 Seminar.

“Green Chemistry and Technology,” Invited speaker at National Taiwan university, Tamkang University, Catholic Fu-Jen University, TungHai University, Academia Sinica, Taiwan 2004.

7th International Conference on Carbon Dioxide Utilization, Seoul, Korea, 2003.

INVENTIONS & PATENTS

Dr. Tai has successfully invented, patented, manufactured, commercialized some of his inventions. His inventions include Dingware, Drinkin’ Duck, Solar Jr., Solar Disco, and Never-Miss-A-Pill. Drinkin’ Duck and Solar Jr. received two invention Gold Medals (Best Food & Beverage Device and Best Advertising Device) at 2011 INPEX invention show (Pittsburgh, U.S.).

PUBLICATIONS

“Tuning Through-Bond Fe(III)/Fe(II) Coupling by Solvent Manipulation of a Central Ruthenium Rector Couple,” Lin , Y.-C.; Chen, W.-T.; Tai, J.; Denny, S.; Huang, S.-Y.; Lin, I.; Lin, J.-L.; Lee, M. M.; Chiou, M. F.; Liu, Y.-H.; Kwan, K.-S.; Chen ,Y.-J. and Chen, H.-Y., Inorg. Chem. 2009, 48, 1857-1870.

“Hydrogenation of Carbon Dioxide Catalyzed by Ruthenium Trimethylphosphine Complexes: A Mechanistic Investigation Using High-Pressure NMR Spectroscopy,” April D. Getty, Chih-Cheng Tai, John C. Linehan, Philip G. Jessop, Marilyn M. Olmstead and Arnold L. Rheingold, Organometallics, 2009, 28, 5466-5477.

“Recent advances in the homogeneous hydrogenation of carbon dioxide,” Jessop P. G.; Joó F.; Tai, C.-C.,  Coord. Chem. Rev., 2004, 248, 2425.

“High Pressure Combinatorial Screening of Homogeneous Catalysts: Hydrogenation of Carbon Dioxide,” C.-C. Tai, T. Chang, B. Roller, P. G. Jessop, Inorg. Chem., 2003, 42, 7340-7341.

“Formanilide and Carbanilide from Aniline and Carbon Dioxide,” P. Munshi, D. J. Heldebrant, E. P. McKoon, Patrick A. Kelly, C.-C. Tai, P. G. Jessop, Tetrahedron Letters, 2003, 44, 2725-2727.

“Low-Temperature Synthesis of Tetraalkylureas from Secondary Amines and Carbon Dioxide,” Tai, C.-C.; Huck, M. J.; McKoon, E. P.; Woo, T.; Jessop, P. G.;  J. Org. Chem., 2002, 67(25), 9070-9072.

“Hydrogenation of Carbon Dioxide Catalyzed by Ruthenium Trimethylphosphine Complexes: The Accelerating Effect of Certain Alcohols and Amines,” Munshi, P.; Main, A. D.; Linehan, J. C.; Tai, C.-C.; Jessop, P. G.;  J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2002, 124(27), 7963-7971.

“In-Situ Formation of Ruthenium Catalysts for the Homogeneous Hydrogenation of Carbon Dioxide,” Tai, C.-C.; Pitts, J.; Linehan, J. C.; Main, A. D.; Munshi, P.; Jessop, P. G.;  Inorg. Chem., 2002, 41(6), 1606-1614.

“Tuning Metal-to-Metal Charge Transfer of Mixed-Valence Complexes Containing Ferrocenylpyridine and Rutheniumammines via Solvent Donicity and Substituent Effects,” Chen, Y. J.; Kao, C.-H.; Lin, S. J.; Tai, C.-C.; Kwan, K. S.;  Inorg. Chem., 2000, 39(2), 189-194.

“Solvent-Dependent Studies of Intervalence Transfer of Mixed-Valence Complexes Containing Ferrocenylpyridine and Rutheniumammines,” Liu, T.-Y.; Chen, Y. J.; Tai, C.-C.; Kwan, K. S.;  Inorg. Chem., 1999, 38(4), 674.